Faculty Profile

Greg Delanty, BA

Professor of English

B.A. National University of Ireland 

Areas of Expertise:

Poetry and literature

Courses I Teach:

  • Genres: Poetry
  • Introduction to Literary Studies: Modern American Poetry
  • Irish Literature
  • Poetry workshops

My Saint Michael's:

I am a widely published Irish poet born in Cork, Ireland. I enjoy teaching all of my classes, and consider myself a lucky person to have a job teaching what I love - the reading and writing of poetry. I love teaching because I love poetry.

I like the ethos of the college. I find the Edmundite ethos and in general the liberal arts a healthy way of being in the world and a good way for young people to learn to be in the world for the rest of their lives.

We're the better for understanding through literature how other human beings have lived in the world. In the end, all learning is humility, and students will understand that and it will give them a better chance of understanding the good and bad of life and of adding to society in a positive fashion. We can't overestimate the interconnectedness of things. Literature shows us how to see our own uniqueness, to take off the mundane goggles, to see that no matter how small we are, we're important.

Research Interests:

Poetry, literature. Published poet, books by Oxford University Press

My latest poetry collection is The Blind Stitch (Oxford Series, Carcanet Press and LSU 2002).

Other published works include The Hellbox (Oxford Series, Oxford University Press, 1998), American Wake (Blackstaff/Dufour, 1995), Southward (LSU, 1992), and Cast In The Fire (Dolmen Press, 1986).

My poems have appeared in American, Irish, English, Australian, Japanese, and Argentinean anthologies, including the Norton Introduction to Poetry. I also co-edited Jumping Off Shadows: Selected Irish Poetry (Cork UP, 1995) and The Selected Poems of Patrick Galvin (Cork UP, 1995).

I have read my poems widely and was invited to give a recorded reading at The Library of Congress in 2002.

Greg Delanty, professor of English and Poet in Residence, was a featured presenter at the second annual Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading in the First Church Congregationalist near Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, the evening of August 26, 2015. The other featured presenter with Greg was Tomas O’Leary. Greg also gave many other readings in the past year, he reports. Greg’s latest book of poems is Book Seventeen from LSU Press (February 2015). Other recent books are Loosestrife, Fomite Press; The Word Exchange, Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation, WW Norton; and his Collected Poems 1986-2006, Oxford Poets—Carcanet Press. He is anthologized widely and has received many awards, most recently a Guggenheim for poetry. Here are some of Greg’s other recent works and activities as he reports them:

Poems in Anthologies in The Finest Music: An Anthology of Early Irish Lyrics, 2014. Greg  translated “The Vision of Mac Conglinne.”

The Best of Poetry London: Carcanet Press, 2014, “On Reading the Diaries of Christopher Columbus”

Magazines and journals new poems appeared in:

The Stony Thursday Book:  A collection of contemporary Poetry, 2014: “Canticle of the Sun, A Secular Take” and “The Chemistry”

The Irish Times, February 7th/8th 2015: “Elegy” (this poem was printed incorrectly so Greg has put a correct copy of the poem with the newspaper also.)

Quarryman, 2015: “By My Mother.”

Leaving Certificate, Ireland:  The National Exam all students in Secondary School (high school in Ireland) have to take. Greg’s poem used for the exam is “On Viewing The Bowling Match at Castlemary, Cloyne, 1847.”  Here is a sample of Greg’s poems appearing in texts that are reissued this year— his poems also appeared in other texts for the exam, but consider this a sample of them:  Poetry Now 2016, The Celtic Press, 2015; New Explorations 2015, Gill & MacMillan, 2015; Paths to Poetry 2015, The Educational Company of Ireland, 2015; New Discovery 2015, The Educational Company of Ireland.

Poems on internet:

On Poetry Daily, March 7, 2015 “The Lesson” and “To a Teacher.”

Greenzine (2015): “The American Robin” and “The New Citizen Army.”

Television:

Greg Delanty, Poet, Celebrates W.B. Yeats 150 Anniversary was recorded on 2015-06-03.

*WATCH ON TV : * You can watch this program on Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television, on Comcast Cable and Burlington Telecom at the following times: dates gone by.

*WATCH ONLINE : * You may watch the program on-line by clicking here:

https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/greg-delanty-poet-celebrates-wb-yeats-150-anniversary

Subject: Poet Greg Delanty, reads from his most recent poems in BOOK SEVENTEEN | Center for Media and Democracy. 

(all of above posted September 2015)

Greg Delanty, professor of English, has poems in a recent issue of Atlantic; along with work in publications including Stony Thursdays and The Irish Times in recent months. Also, he has poems coming in The Penguin Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry and other anthologies such as The Best of Poetry London. Greg was to give a reading at Holy Cross University in November, and this past summer he gave a reading with Bill Collins, David Ferry and Elizabeth Kendell (a current Saint Michael’s student) from the book So Little Time, at the Woodstock Literary Festival.
(posted December 2014)

Greg Delanty, professor of English, made appearances in April, both in Burlington and Montpelier, with a group of writers published by Green Writers Press, a Vermont-based publishing house dedicated to sustainable practices. This press is publisher of Greg’s 2014 book/anthology So Little Time: Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis, an anthology focusing on nature and our human impact. At PoemCity/Montpelier in the capital’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library, he joined others in reading their work from the book, including Dede Cummings, Ralph Culver, Marjorie Ryerson, Peter Biello. Portions of proceeds of book sales were donated to PoemCity programming and to the environmental group 350Vermont. Greg also appeared at a Green Writers Press celebration on April 17 at Phoenix Books in downtown Burlington that week, when he also read from the So Little Time. Also, while visiting home in Ireland in June, Greg was invited to meet with that country’s president, Michael Higgins, at the president’s residence, since Higgins writes poetry and knew Greg’s work.
(posted August 2014)

professor of English, made appearances in April, both in Burlington and Montpelier, with a group of writers published by Green Writers Press, a Vermont-based publishing house dedicated to sustainable practices. This press is publisher of Greg’s 2014 book/anthology an anthology focusing on nature and our human impact. At PoemCity/Montpelier in the capital’s Kellogg-Hubbard Library, he joined others in reading their work from the book, including Dede Cummings, Ralph Culver, Marjorie Ryerson, Peter Biello. Portions of proceeds of book sales were donated to PoemCity programming and to the environmental group 350Vermont. Greg also appeared at a Green Writers Press celebration on April 17 at Phoenix Books in downtown Burlington that week, when he also read from the . Also, while visiting home in Ireland in June, Greg was invited to meet with that country’s president, Michael Higgins, at the president’s residence, since Higgins writes poetry and knew Greg’s work.

Greg Delanty, professor of English, recently had another book, The Greek Anthology Book XVII, published by Carcanet in the United Kingdom. Reviewer Kathryn Gray in the Times Literary Supplement writes of this latest collection of Greg’s poetry: "[Delanty] illuminates greater truths about the world and the politics of living through the ties that bind us." Publicity for the book from the publisher describes its content: “The Greek Anthology is a treasure of the ancient world, sixteen books of poems, amatory, religious, elegiac, and satirical, written over the course of more than a millennium. And now at last the legendary Book XVII has surfaced. As full of poems that are delightfully unlike each other as Books I-XVI, here is a trove. Here, the living and the enduring enjoy one another's playful respect: Kincellas Major, Longlius, Rosanna Daedalus and Clara Kritikos. And among the poets here also is Heanius, who dedicated one of his own poems to another poet to be met in Book XVII, one Gregory of Corkus.  Unprecedented, this collection, in more ways than one. Great company, they speak and sing, thanks to Greg Delanty." Greg says the book will be for sale in the Saint Michael’s bookstore, both hardback and softback, at a reduced price. Also, Greg is reading from another recently-published book that he edited for W. W. Norton, titled The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation. Some of the translators will read with him: Major Jackson (UVM), Jay Parini (Middlebury), Michael Collier (Breadloaf and Middlebury), Dave Cavanagh (Johnson State), Liz Powell (Johnson State), David Barber (Atlantic Monthly). The reading is at 7 p.m. on November 30 at Phoenix Books, Burlington. The softback for The Word Exchange is recently available, and copies of that also are in the bookstore at a reduced price.

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